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Dave Kusek is a senior consultant in technology and marketing with a track record of creating successful new businesses. He is currently General Manager of Digital Cowboys Consulting.

Kusek is responsible for helping to create the market for digital music. In 1980, he founded the first music software company, Passport Designs, which made it possible for musicians to record and produce their music at home with its award-winning software. Kusek also participated in the development of the Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) industry standard that opened up electronic music to millions of people. His efforts, along with others, set the stage for the multi-billion dollar digital music market that exists today.

Dave Kusek created berkleemusic.com, a hugely successful online music school for the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston. Berkleemusic has become the world's largest music school. Kusek is also the co-author of The Future of Music: Manifesto for the Digital Music Revolution a best-selling music business book.

Kusek has written for or been featured in the New York Times, Boston Globe, Billboard, Wired, Christian Science Monitor, Associated Press, Boston Business Journal, MTV, CNBC, SF Chronicle, Forbes, NBC-TV, Nightly Business Report, NPR, Financial Times, Guardian, and a featured speaker at Midem, Music Hack Day, Digital Music Forum, NAMM, AES, IEBA, MacWorld, Comdex, Digital Hollywood and has been a featured guest on radio and television stations around the world.

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Apple iCloud -- Amnesty for Music Pirates?

(127) Comments | Posted June 8, 2011 | 12:19 AM

Well, we finally have it. Music like water raining down from the sky. iCloud.

For slightly more than $2/mo everybody will soon have access to all the music they can find, steal, share, rip, produce, morph or buy using iTunes Match. Is this amnesty for all the music pirates?...

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Musicians May Be Owed Billions in Unpaid Digital Music Royalties

(121) Comments | Posted April 8, 2011 | 1:01 AM

If you are a recording artist or a manager and have been distributing music on iTunes under a deal with one of the big record labels, pay attention.

F.B.T. Productions in Detroit, the producers who helped Eminem achieve his success are paving the way via a lawsuit against Universal Music...

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